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The 9 Best Rums for Mojitos in 2023

Bartender-approved bottles to craft the perfect Cuban favorite.

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The Mojito is a refreshing classic rum cocktail with origins that can be traced back to Havana, Cuba in the early 19th century. Over the years it became known as one of famed author Ernest Hemmingway’s favorite drinks. It's also become somewhat of a fan favorite.

The Mojito is a fairly simple cocktail to make, combining mint, lime, sugar, club soda and rum. This last ingredient is, of course, the most important, so we asked some of the best bartenders in the business which rum they prefer to use. Read on to see their top picks of the best bottles of rum to craft that perfect Mojito.

Best Overall: The Real McCoy 3-Year-Old

The Real McCoy 3 Year Silver Rum

Courtesy of Wine.com

  • Region: Barbados
  • ABV: 46%
  • Tasting Notes: Vanilla, Banana, Coconut

“When it comes to Mojitos, fresh mint and even fresher lime juice is the star of the show, so the goal is to use a delicious rum that lets them shine,” says Christian Favier, bar manager for The Gin Joint in Charleston, South Carolina. “What better bottle to reach for than Foursquare Distillery’s The Real McCoy 3-Year-Old. Richard Seale, distiller extraordinaire, is making an exceptional, affordable, pot and column distilled light rum out of Barbados that makes any Mojito to die for.”

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Best Budget: Bacardi Superior

BACARDÍ Superior White Rum

Courtesy of Drizly.com

  • Region: Puerto Rico
  • ABV: 40%
  • Tasting Notes: Vanilla, Toffee, Oak

The name Bacardi is practically synonymous with rum, and the brand’s affordable white core expression is used by bartenders everywhere to make cocktails, including the Mojito. Superior is light, floral, and not overpoweringly sweet, allowing it to blend nicely with the fresh mint and tart lime components of this drink.

Best for Strawberry Mojito: The Street Pumas Rum

Street Pumas Rum

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  • Region: Panama
  • ABV: 40%
  • Tasting Notes: Spice, Vanilla, Almond

This Panamanian rum is sourced by Brooklyn’s PM Spirits, a company which is known for tracking down some of the best spirits out there. “It’s a clear rum with rich, fruity, and spiced flavors that stay elegant and smooth on the palate, making it a perfect canvas for fresh and citrus rum cocktails,” says Hristo Zisovski, beverage director of Altamarea Group. This flavor profile allows it to work well in a drink like a strawberry mojito, as it keeps the drink from becoming overly saccharine.

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Best White Rum: Rhum Barbancourt White

Rhum Barbancourt White Rum

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  • Region: Haiti
  • ABV: 43%
  • Tasting Notes: Caramel, Banana, Baking Spice

“The Mojito can be one-note if you aren't using an interesting base rum, so to avoid that I like to use Rhum Barbancourt White Rum from Haiti,” says Kat Hawkins, beverage director at Shaw's Crab House in Chicago. “It is crisp enough that you don't lose the fresh mint, but interesting enough with tropical fruits and a slightly grassy finish.”

Best Dark Rum: Plantation Original Dark Rum

Plantation Original Dark Rum

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  • Region: Jamaica, Barbados, France
  • ABV: 40%
  • Tasting Notes: Vanilla, Banana, Coffee

This blend is made up of rum from Barbados aged for 1 to 3 years and rum from Jamaica aged for 10 to 15 years. The final blend is then married together in a wooden vat in France for up to six months before bottling. If you decide to go the dark rum route for your next Mojito, this is the bottle to try it with as it adds a complexity of flavor that won’t overpower the drink’s freshness.

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Best Aged Rum: El Dorado 3 Year Old

El Dorado 3 Year White Rum

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  • Region: Guyana
  • ABV: 40%
  • Tasting Notes: Tropical Fruit, Vanilla, Oak

“El Dorado 3 Year Old is remarkable in a Mojito,” says Craig Schoettler, MGM Resorts executive director of beverage and corporate mixologist. “The richness and depth of a Guyanese style rum with some age, and filtered, adds a layer of complexity that pairs lovely with mint.”

Best Caribbean: Mount Gay Eclipse

Mount Gay Eclipse Gold Rum

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  • Region: Barbados
  • ABV: 40%
  • Tasting Notes: Oak, Vanilla, Pepper

Mount Gay Eclipse pairs very nicely with the mint and sugars used in classic Mojitos with its distinct notes of banana and vanilla,” says Nicole Ross, head bartender at The Chester in New York City. “Since it has been aged in charred ex-American whiskey barrels, the characters of this rum are easily palatable and can be used in a variety of cocktails across the seasons. It has the ability to add a different level of depth to classic rum cocktails that are normally prepared with silver rums.”

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Best Blend From Different Countries: Probitas Blended White Rum

Probitas White Blended Rum

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  • Region: Jamaica and Barbados
  • ABV: 47%
  • Tasting Notes: Custard, Molasses, Tropical Fruit

“Probitas Blended White Rum would make an awesome Mojito,” says Matthew Belanger, head bartender for Death & Co Los Angeles. “It's the first direct collaboration between two distillers in the Caribbean, as opposed to a blend created by a negociant in Europe, and it was designed to replicate the style of Cuban white rum originally used in the Daiquiri, Cuba Libre, El Presidente, etc. It's a blend of pot still and column still rums from Foursquare distillery in Barbados and pot still Jamaican rum from Hampden Estate, which gives it a nice balance between lighter, grassy sugar cane and fruity Jamaican funk.”

Best Cuban: Havana Club 3 Year Old

Havana Club 3 Year Old

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  • Region: Cuba
  • ABV: 40%
  • Tasting Notes: Sugarcane, Banana, Vanilla

“When it comes to rum, I immediately think of Cuba, the (birthplace) of this delicious, refreshing cocktail,” says Tyson Torres, Belmond El Encanto’s food & beverage manager. “My favorite rum to use (in a Mojito) is Havana Club Anejo 3 Anos. It’s a classic silver rum that shows oak flavors of molasses, vanilla and sugar cane.”

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